Officials do not want to go to the so-called zero option.
Afghan leader condemned attack that killed child and wounded two women.
Still refused to commit to Bilateral Security Agreement before year-end.
Karzai's decision not to sign security pact has created huge political difficulties.
Rejects recommendation from Loya Jirga to quickly ink security pact.
Hamid Karzai told a gathering of elders on Thursday that the agreement should be signed after next spring's elections.
Attack struck near the site of upcoming talks on a U.S. troop deal.
Afghan President suggests negotiations with the United States have concluded, with a presentation to tribal elders on deck.
Decision made at meeting attended by Karzai, the U.K.'s David Cameron and Pakistan's Nawaz Sharif.
Arsallah Jamal was a close confidant and adviser to President Karzai.
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